Family of the Month

Monday, November 11th, 2013

 November 2013

Deputy Grand Knight Chris Amsler presents the
November 2013 Family of the Month Award to
Brother Steve Thule and his wife Karen.


 April 2013

Family of the Month April 2013

Council Chaplain/St. John’s Church Pastor Larry LoMonaco and
Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza present the
April 2013 Family of the Month Award to
Brother Tom Ladet and his wife Julia.

Knights help Wounded Warrior Leave Program

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The Knights of Columbus Council #15085, from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, collected funds for North Carolina Province’s  wounded warrior program the Sunday before Veteran’s Day. The program, in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is raising funds to help send hospitalized veterans at Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune home to spend Christmas with their families. Tax deductible donations may be made to “M.O.P.H.” and delivered to any Knight of Columbus in our area. For information about the program or to mail a donation, read more…


Knights 15085 Wounded Warrior Project

HONORING WOUNDED WARRIORS — Members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville and Knights of Columbus from the parish participated in fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project. Pictured, from left, are Mary Anne Yurko and Knights Joe Yurko, Rusty Heuer, U.S. Navy Master Chief (ret.) Chris Amsler and Bob Mateja. ~Photo by Paul Viau

Wounded Warrior Leave Program

The Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province, N.C. S.C. GA. FL. PR. have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Christmas Leave Program. since 2006. The program raises funds to send Wounded Warriors from every state and some foreign countries, home for the Christmas Holiday. These Wounded Warriors are living in Barracks next to the Base Hospital. These Warriors are injured but are not required to be confined to the Hospital. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Program is administered by the Jacksonville, NC Military Order of the Purple Heart.gram.

What is the Program?

The program, through donations of citizens and organizations, (K of C, parishes, business, etc), raises funds to send military men and women, who have lost limbs or suffered other major injuries while in harms way, home for Christmas leave. No overhead costs are assessed against these funds and all moneys donated are used to send combat wounded members home.

Who Administers the Program?

The Jacksonville, NC Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart accepts donations throughout the year then coordinates approved leave status for each of the Wounded Warriors, purchases the necessary round-trip transportation tickets and ensures these brave men and women get home to their families for Christmas.

What If More Funds Are Collected Than Necessary?

This does not happen very often. Last year we actually had individuals donate to help with extra trips home.

How Can I Help?

Donations made to this program are tax deductible since this Military Order of the Purple Heart is a 501C3 Tax Status. Everyone who donates by check will receive a receipt from the MOPH, for Tax Purposes. Checks should be made out to “M.O.P.H.” with “Wounded Warrior Leave” listed in the Memo Section of the check.

Where Do I Send My Money?

To facilitate coordination, checks from Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies are to be sent to:
SK Robert J. Singer
2506 Canal Drive
Wilson, NC 27896-1326

This allows recording of all KofC donations to the program as well as forwarding to the MOPH on a timely basis.
*In WAYNESVILLE, you can give your check to any Knight of Columbus and he will deliver to the appropriate address.

In 2011 the Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province raised $81,311. This accounted for 20% of the Total Collections last year. Since 2006 the Knights of Columbus have raised $343,148, not including the 2012

Please help us assist these brave men and women who come from all walks of life and serve in the various branches, who have volunteered to protect our freedom and made tremendous sacrifices for our country.

Oktoberfest – Saturday September 21, 2013

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Running from late September to the first weekend in October, it is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

In WAYNESVILLE, we won’t have six million people, but we will share in the Gemütlichkeit…Gemütlichkeit means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, with connotation of belonging and social acceptance, coziness and unhurry. Sounds like the perfect atmosphere for a Knights of Columbus event filled with the unity and fraternalism the order professes. We hope you will join us on Saturday September 21, 2013 at Frog Level Brewery with the Mountain Top Polka Band.

Oktoberfest Waynesville

Alter Server of the Year – 2013

Friday, May 10th, 2013
Altar Server of the Year Tayler Hernandez

Council Chaplain/Immaculate Conception Church Pastor Father Larry LoMonaco and Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza present the
Altar Server of the Year Award (Immaculate Conception) to
Tayler Hernandez.

Special Olympics – Spring Games May 4, 2013

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

On Friday May 4, 2013 Special Olympians converged on the Waynesville Recreation Center. Knights of Columbus Smoky Mountain Assembly 3001 presented the colors.


Special Olympics Haywood County

SK Stan Finn (PGK), SK Chris Amsler, and SK Jim McGovern (Council 15085 Waynesville) and GK/SK Tony Minniti (Council 12478 Maggie Valley) serve as the Honor Guard in support of the Haywood County Special Olympics games.
All four are also members of Assembly 3001


Honor Guard Smoky Mountain Assembly 3001

The Honor Guard leads the parade of “Special Olympians”

Knights Council 15085 Members

Council members GK Lonnie Pizza, SK Chuck Luce, SK Chris Amsler,
SK Stan Finn (PGK), and Brother Chuck Simmons support the Special Olympics games.

SK Jim McGovern

SK Jim McGovern volunteers to assist the Special Olympians.

SK Stan Finn

SK Stan Finn (PGK) assists the Special Olympians at the Haywood County games

Christopher Amsler - Special Olympics Haywood 2013

Christopher Amsler – Special Olympics Haywood 2013 track event

Christopher Amsler 2013 Special Olympics Haywood

Medalist Christopher Amsler

Caballeros de Colón

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Fundraiser / DanceMuchas gracias a toda la ayudaron a organizar este evento y aquellos que apoyaron con su presencia.

Many thanks to all the helped organize this event and those that supported with their attendance.

Bounce House








On Saturday, April 20th HUNDREDS of people gathered together with food, fellowship and lots of dancing to raise money for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. It was a beautiful scene as families gathered with all their children… If you missed it, plans are already underway for the next one!

El Sábado, 20 de abril cientos de personas se reunieron con la comida, compañerismo y mucho baile para recaudar fondos para St. John la Iglesia Católica Evangelista. Era una escena hermosa como las familias se reunieron con todos sus hijos … Si te lo perdiste, los planes ya están en marcha para la próxima!

Achey Breaky Heart



Worthy Grand Knight’s Message – April

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

What a great couple of weeks.  First we welcomed 10 new members to our Order and Council.  Thanks to all those Council members who made this happen, and to all those who helped and supported the Welcome Reception.  And “kudos” to our 1st Degree Team Members for their superb performance.  And special thanks to the ladies for their help with the reception and support of the families of our new members.

Council 15085 1st Degree Ceremony held March 24, 2013 welcomed 10 new members to our Order and Council. Pictured are: Sergio Rubio, Jesus Garcia, Jose Juan Matias, Refugio Castillo, Yanel Galindo, Jose Reyes, Ramon Pina, Efrain Chub, Javier Ramirez, Victor Tienda

Our LAMB “kick off” was extremely successful.  Thanks to all those Council members who participated, and special thanks to Chris for coordinating this event.  Our Council was well represented at the 2nd/3rd Degree exemplifications in Brevard (please see below). Thanks to those who served as observers Stan, Art and Gary; and special thanks to Dennis for his service as part of the 2nd Degree Team.  We sponsored the reception following the Diving Mercy Sunday Service, and our “Knights Night Out” at Maria’s was an extremely enjoyable event of food, fun, and fellowship.  Thanks to Sam Mattoni for coordinating this for us.

And our spaghetti luncheon this month exceeded all expectations.  Thanks to all those Council members who helped make this happen (and there was many of you).  And special thanks to Mark DeMarco for providing us with another fantastic meal and to Sam Mattoni for volunteering to provide the music.  Many of the attendees commented to me how much they enjoyed the event.

Our project to help the needy and homeless was very well received.  We made our donation of soap, shampoo, and tooth paste/brushes to Haywood Christian Ministries (HCM) and our project did fill a void in helping the needy and homeless.   The tour of HCM was enlightening; they do some really great work there in helping those in need.  Our hope is for us to continue our project and help those in need.

“Congrats and kudos” to the new organist at Immaculate Conception – our very own Sam Edwards.  Sam really did a great job at Mass.

And finally, I would again just like to say how much I appreciate all your help and support.  The good work that our Council is able to do is only possible because of your unselfish and dedicated efforts.  Again, greatly appreciate all that our Council members do for Council.

Vivat Jesus,



Just a reminder that Supreme has announced a new membership program.  From now through the end of June, those Council members who sponsor a new member to our Order will be entered into a drawing where the winner will receive a trip to Rome for both he and his spouse.

From our Council perspective, we have done a great job with recruitment this year.  Would like to ask that we not curtail our efforts but try and support the overall membership goals of Supreme and State.  It would be great if we could hold one more 1st Degree Exemplification prior to 30 June.

CEREMONIALS: On April 6 eight Council members completed their 3rd Degree exemplification. Congratulations to Sam Edwards, Danny Pelletier, Victor Tienda, Jose Matias, Efrain Chub, Javier Ramirez, Jesus Garica, and Fred Waring.

Our Council has recognized the need to develop a 2nd Degree Team for our Council. We need volunteers for the team. Please contact Dennis O’Connell at 507-4822 if you are interested in helping.


Help for Needy Homeless

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

On behalf of the Council, Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza makes a donation to John Berrong the Executive Director of Haywood Christian Ministries.   On April 11, 2013 the Council donated various toiletries (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes/paste, etc) to assist the needy and the homeless.

Help for Haywood Christian Ministries



February News

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Thanks to the efforts of our members, our Council continues to have a great start to the new year.  And again, our Council’s success is possible only through the unselfish and dedicated efforts of our Council members.  A big “thank you” to all those who supported our spaghetti luncheon.  An extremely successful event and one enjoyed by the parishioners. We extend a special “thank you” to Mark “Chef” DeMarco for volunteering his time and talent in preparing the meal.  The “Fat Tuesday” social proved a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship.  Special thanks to Mark Zaffrann for volunteering his time and talent to put this together and provide us a truly enjoyable event.

Congratulations to our Council members of the year:  Chris Amsler (Knight of the Year), Dennis O’Connell (Golden Knight of the Year), Sam Edwards (Rookie of the Year), and John and Margaret LaFata (Family of the Year).  Well Done and Well Deserved!!!

Knights of the Year

(L-R) “Rookie of the Year” Brother Knight Sam Edwards; “Knight of the Year,” SK Nelson “Chris” Amsler; “Golden Knight of the Year, SK Dennis O’Connell (PGK)

In support of the “Year of Faith”, our Lecturer will be providing information in our newsletter and at our monthly Business Meetings to aid us during this time of “renewal of the Church”.  For Knights, learning more about our faith allows us to better witness to Christ in our lives, our families, our charitable work and in all the efforts we undertake within our Council.

Finally, I would like to ask your help with our enrollment efforts.  In support of this we will have a Fraternal Benefits presentation followed by an informational session about the Knights following our March 17th  luncheon.  Remember the “Power of One” – every new member we bring in provides us the opportunity to increase and enhance our service programs.

Vivat Jesus,




OCTOBER 11, 2012 TO NOVEMBER 24, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI, in proclaiming this “Year of Faith”, called for a renewal of the Church through the witness offered by the lives of believers. The Knights of Columbus has responded to this by developing a “Year of Faith Program” and has asked each Council to participate in this effort.

The Order program is based on the four categories outlined by the Pope that are designed to lead each believer into a deeper relationship with Christ and his Church:

Council 15085 will participate actively in this worldwide effort through information in the Newsletter and discussion during each Council business meeting during the “For the Good of the Order” time. As GK Lonnie Pizza states in his article in this newsletter, “For Knights learning more about our faith allows us to better witness to Christ in our lives, our families, our charitable work and in all the efforts we undertake within our Council.”

But what is “FAITH?” Among the definitions for Faith in the dictionary is “belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion.” In our case it is the belief in the traditional doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, specifically to believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ his only son and the Holy Spirit.

Our church teaches that FAITH is an entirely free gift that God makes to each one of us humans. Picture God holding his hand out to you, a hand holding a beautifully wrapped present. He wants you to take this Gift of Faith and believe in him and follow him. But you have a choice to make; to accept this gift or not to accept it. No one is forced to accept the gift of Faith against his will. Have you fully accepted this wonderful gift?

In our next newsletter we will look at the “Characteristics of Faith.”


Council Service Projects/Programs

“What so ever you do for the least of my brethren, you do it for me!  (God)

Help the Homeless: Council members are reminded of our ongoing project to help the homeless. We are still collecting soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc., so that we can donate these to the needy. Please bring any donations to our March Business Meeting. We appreciate the large number of items brought in at the February Council meeting. Keep them coming!!

Food for the Open Door: There is a continuing need at the Open Door to provide food boxes to those who qualify. Please continue to bring items to Mass on Sundays and put them in the baskets by the main door at St. John.

40 Days for Life

Baby Bottle Campaign Results: In support of “40 Days of Life“ our Council conducted a Baby Bottle Campaign. Success of this program enabled the Council to donate $1,400 to the Smokey Mountain Pregnancy Care Center, $200 to the Room at the Inn, $200 to the Church’s Respect Life Committee, $100 to support the Seminarians in the Washington DC March for Life, and $100 to the NC State Council Pro Life Fund.

Many thanks to all who filled up those bottles and to those Knights who help to make this an outstanding project. Special thanks to Chuck Simmons for coordinating this effort.


KofC License Plate Available

Thursday, January 10th, 2013


NOW AVAILABLE! Council members can now have a personalized Knights of Columbus license tag. Simply go online to order it OR DOWNLOAD the form and submit by mail. What a great way to show your support for our organization.



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